Chapter 4. Models as Idealised Structural Surrogates

In the previous chapter I outlined Kenneth Craik’s suggestion that we should understand mental representation in terms of models in the brain, where, for Craik, a model is a kind of representation that capitalizes on relational similarity to its target. In this short post, I’m going to briefly elaborate on how I think the concept … Continue reading Chapter 4. Models as Idealised Structural Surrogates

Chapter 3: Kenneth Craik’s “Hypothesis on the Nature of Thought”

In this post I’m going to outline the contents of my third chapter. This chapter is partially based on a paper I have in Philosophical Explorations. I now think that this paper is mistaken in some important respects, however. This thesis chapter does a much better job on this topic. Chapter Aim The main aim … Continue reading Chapter 3: Kenneth Craik’s “Hypothesis on the Nature of Thought”

Chapter 2: ‘The Representation Wars’

In this blog post I’m going to briefly(ish!) outline the contents of the second chapter of my doctoral thesis. This chapter is probably the most boring of the thesis, but it lays the groundwork for some of the views that I defend in later chapters, as well as the methodological approach that I follow throughout … Continue reading Chapter 2: ‘The Representation Wars’

The Mind as a Predictive Modelling Engine. Chapter 1: Overview

In this series of blog posts, I’m going to write up brief overviews of the contents of my doctoral thesis, “The Mind as a Predictive Modelling Engine: Generative Models, Structural Similarity, and Mental Representation.” In this post I’ll summarise Chapter 1, which outlines the philosophical context of the thesis, the chief claims I defend, and … Continue reading The Mind as a Predictive Modelling Engine. Chapter 1: Overview